Aired On: July 4th, 2018
In the past years, there has been an increase in eyelid skin cancer especially within Hispanics. It is unfortunate that 1 in 5 Americans will have skin cancer in their lifetimes. Unknown to many, eyelid cancer makes up 10% of all skin cancer.
Dr. Sami was featured on Telemundo Noticiero Houston with Ingrid Barrera and Antonio Hernandez (Anchors- Telemundo Noticiero Houston) discussing “Eyelid Skin Cancer in Hispanics” – Aired July 4th, 2018 KTMD Telemundo Houston 47, 1235 N Loop W # 125, Houston, TX 77008.
Dr. Mirwat Sami says, “I’m seeing an increase in skin cancer of the eyelids in Hispanics”. Eyelid cancer makes up 10% of all skin cancers despite the small surface area they cover. One reason for the lack of sun protection among Hispanics may be the misconception that people with darker skin are not at risk of skin cancer, but melanoma has increased by 20% in Hispanics in the last 2 decades.
As you know, skin cancer is related to genetics as well as skin exposure. Some signs of eyelid cancer are, nodule that is increasing in size, ulcer or stye that is not healing, and notching of the eyelids or loss of eyelashes. Sun protection is very important when it comes to protecting your skin and you can do that by simply wearing sunscreen, sunglasses and hats especially if you’re going to be out in the sun for several hours.